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Horn Upgrade!

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by chriscruiser, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. chriscruiser

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    I've had my cruiser for about 4 months and so far I love it with the exception of the horn. I think for such a large vehicle that the horn does not do it justice. So, my friend and I installed the "Big Horn" air horns from Pep Boys (cost ~$30 USD) and man what a difference. They are very loud and when someone is trying to cut you off and you blast those bad boys they get the heck out of the way. I used the existing horn wires so installation was very easy. The benefits so far are enourmous, already I had a lady almost run into me and when I blasted the horns she quickly moved out of my lane. I think this is a minor but very essential mod that perhaps no one has considered but should. Cost and installation is cheap and it includes just about everything you need.

    -Chris :flipoff2:
     
  2. Shortbus

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    Just did the same last weekend with a 2 horn high tone / low tone setup that I bought from GI Joes. HUGE difference. Nothing worse than that Yugo-esque beep that Toy gave us from the factory. Cost for mine were about 28 bucks. It's basically a 1/2 :banana: job too. Nice improvement for only a few bucks.
     
  3. Junk

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    I'm taking the bell off my little boy's bike and mounting it near my side mirror. :flipoff2:
     
  4. Junk

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    OOops :whoops:, scratch that. Bad idea. It's chrome which means T already has one. :flipoff2:
     
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    Well unless you son's bell is translucent aluminum then I doubt it would go with my clear/gold decorating scheme this year . But you're on the right track ... my old bell was chromoly you fugly ;-(/)
     
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    i got the hella supertoners off ebay for 25dollars. there 118 decibles. there just bellow the abnoxious level. i love em. and i aslo agree that the stock horn on my 100 was inadiquite for driving in new york. but i do spend every weekend in vt at my winter house. i bought my 100 last nov 1st with 44,000 miles and to this date i have 81,000 miles. im glad i got a car that is extremely well built. and built to last
     
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    138db of ear pearcing power. :D
     
  8. cruiser101101

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    Hey you guys just keep finding me new jobs to do at the weekend - pack it in before SWMBO gets a monk on! :slap:
    Seriously the Toy horns are pants, don't like non oem but in this case there is no option.
     
  9. Junk

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    Shortbus, are yours high pitched or lower? Which model?

    So far I've gone through 3 different horns, all bought from scrap or donated and have yet to find a decent sounding one.

    Maybe I should just camp near the Lincoln Tunnel some night.
     
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    [quote author=Junk link=board=2;threadid=9688;start=msg85673#msg85673 date=1073424107]
    Shortbus, are yours high pitched or lower? Which model?

    So far I've gone through 3 different horns, all bought from scrap or donated and have yet to find a decent sounding one.

    Maybe I should just camp near the Lincoln Tunnel some night.
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    Junk...

    I'll have to take a picture of the package and post it when I get home this afternoon. Nice little snow/ice storm, so might be a bit of a delay getting around the freakin' moron's who insist on driving their 72 El Camino to work with bald tires. Soon as I get home I'll flash a couple pix. One is high tone, the other is low. Loud and clear. +cheap. :flipoff2:
     
  11. Shortbus

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    Hey Junk.... Here's the 411 on the horns.

    They're made by Carrand Horns. I got them at a GI-Joes store. Not sure if you've got those in your parts. They're called the "Magnum Blaster Horn", and no I didn't swipe em off a Durango. :flipoff2: 29.98 for the pair. One is a high note, and the other a low note. If they had a middle note, I woulda bought that sucker too. They're 138 decibles. Quieter than the 4 Cadillac horns I used to run on just about all my cars. Found em in a wrecking yard in 1979 in a 66 Fleetwood, and had em till last year. They took a little fitting, but it was worth it. My favorite, was putting them in a 1990 Geo Metro I bought for running around at work. Sounded like a freight train, and nobody could figure out where the noise was coming from. But, they did get out of my way.

    Oh... back to the horns. :slap: I finally smoked the old Caddy horns in a honking fit, so I tossed em. These things are pretty loud, and fit in nicely where the factory horns go. When I first installed them, they sat a little high, and one was just about touching the hood when closed. Installed as flws:

    1) Made up a new "wiring harness" for them with new female ends
    2) Soldered it to the factory harness
    3) Trimmed the lip on the factory mounting arms so I could swing the horns downward a bit.
    4) Bent the arms back toward the radiator a little, to keep them from rubbing.
    5) Plug in and honk.

    You can see in the pictures. I put a couple up on my Fotki site. There's one picture of the package below and the others you can link to. So I'm not being a bandwidth whore with too many pix. ::)
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    The others are here.... http://public.fotki.com/GoKart3/landcruiser_stuff/misc_cruiser_pix/

    If you want the horns and can't find em, PM me. I'll pick up a pair and send em to ya.
     
  12. Junk

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    Thanks for the info, the PM and the offer. Will look for them around here first and will let you know if I can't find 'em. Thanks again.

    Oh, sorry to see you got stuck with a white rig. :flipoff2: :D :D :D :D
     
  13. Shortbus

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    [quote author=Junk link=board=2;threadid=9688;start=msg85911#msg85911 date=1073443111]
    Thanks for the info, the PM and the offer. Will look for them around here first and will let you know if I can't find 'em. Thanks again.

    Oh, sorry to see you got stuck with a white rig. :flipoff2: :D :D :D :D
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    Yer welcome.....

    Oh, and not only is it White, it doesn't have hubs. Dumb newbs.... Guess I shoulda read the forum first huh!?! White is right baby! :flipoff2: :flipoff2: :flipoff2:
     
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    >> it doesn't have hubs. <<

    Wanna bet?

    -B-
     
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    [quote author=Beowulf link=board=2;threadid=9688;start=msg85938#msg85938 date=1073445505]

    >> it doesn't have hubs. <<

    Wanna bet?

    -B-
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    Wud be a bit funny with NO hubs at all wouldn't it.... :slap:
     
  16. Junk

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    Actually, I kind of enjoy watching her hubs bounce like that. :flipoff2:
     
  17. LandCrusher'70

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    Two year old thread!

    Going way back on this one.

    I upgraded my weak a$$ horn by using my FJ40's original horns.

    Price = $0.
    Time = 2 minutes.
    Job = 1/4 :banana:.

    My LC went from sounding like a Corolla to a truck. Nice and loud.
     
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    You have part numbers for them?
     
  19. 98 SNAKE EATER

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    PEP Boys = weaksauce ;p



    Go Big or Go home ;)


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  20. TX_TLC

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    Google "Hella Horn" ...he probably has forgotten in the last 3 years.